Kyle Nel

CEO, Uncommon Partners

Kyle Nel is the CEO and co-founder of Uncommon Partners, a transformation company. His passion for changing human behavior led him to create the multi-disciplinary behavioral transformation approach, which uses tools like narrative and applied neuroscience to help organizations break out of incrementalism. He is a co-author of Leading Transformation, a Fall 2018 title from Harvard Business Review Press that details the tools and concepts behind behavioral transformation.

Kyle also founded and previously served as Executive Director for Lowe’s Innovation Labs (LIL), the disruptive innovation hub for the Fortune 40 home improvement company. He created and led a team responsible for driving the company’s innovation vision, strategy and growth.

Under his leadership, Lowe’s Innovation Labs built a proprietary 3D content creation and asset management platform; augmented and virtual reality stores; virtual reality DIY skills clinics; the first autonomous retail service robots; soft robotic exosuits to deliver lift assistance for store employees; and 3D scanning and printing services at retail – and in space, where the first commercially-manufactured object off of the planet was a Lowe’s wrench that was modified for astronauts. He also built a disruptive technology lab and incubator in Bangalore, India.

Kyle sits on the boards of emerging tech companies and is a faculty member focused on corporate innovation at Singularity University. He is also a former member of the XPRIZE Foundation Innovation Board. He was recognized on the 2015 Advertising Age “40 under 40” list, and received the 2016 “People Shaping Retail’s Future” award from the National Retail Federation. He was also a founding member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (R)Tech Advisory Council.

He previously held positions in market research with Lowe’s and the Walmart Global Insights Group. He holds an MBA from the AC Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Past Appearances

Leadership in Action: November 8, 2018

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh, Michael Useem, and Jeff Klein are joined by Ayodele Gansallo (Senior Staff Attorney; Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania, HIAS Pennsylvania), Dale Russakoff (Reporter, The Washington Post), and Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners) on the Thursday, November 8, 2018 edition of Leadership in Action.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Marketing Matters: July 5, 2017

Host Catharine Hays is joined by Carl Marci (Chief Neuroscientist, Consumer Neuroscience, Nielsen), Elizabeth Johnson (Executive Director, Senior Fellow, the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, the Wharton School), Kevin Randall (Brand Strategist; Neuroscience Writer for the New York Times), Michael Platt (Professor of Marketing; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Neuroscience, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine), and Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners) on the Wednesday, July 5, 2017 edition of Marketing Matters.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Marketing Matters: May 31, 2017

Host Catharine Hays is joined by Carl Marci (Chief Neuroscientist, Consumer Neuroscience, Nielsen), Elizabeth Johnson (Executive Director, Senior Fellow, the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, the Wharton School), Kevin Randall (Brand Strategist; Neuroscience Writer for the New York Times), Michael Platt (Professor of Marketing; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Neuroscience, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine), and Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners) on the Wednesday, May 31, 2017 edition of Marketing Matters.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Marketing Matters: January 20, 2016

Hosts Americus Reed and Barbara Kahn are joined by Ann-Christine Diaz (Editor, Creativity), Josh Feldmeth (CEO, Interbrand North America), Steve Wanczyk (Associate Vice President, Braithwaite Communications), and Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners) on the Wednesday, January 20, 2016 edition of Marketing Matters.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Innovation Navigation: June 2, 2015

Host David Robertson is joined by John Edson (President, Lunar), Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners), Jay Walker (Executive Chairman; Lead Inventor/Founder, Patent Properties; Priceline.com), and Chris Surdak (Author, Data Crush) on the Tuesday, June 2, 2015 edition of Innovation Navigation.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Knowledge@Wharton: January 7, 2019 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge@Wharton: January 7, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Nathan Furr (Professor of Strategy and Innovation, INSEAD), Stephen Yale-Loehr (Professor of Practice, Cornell Law School), Gad Allon (Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, Director of the Management and Technology Program, University of Pennsylvania), Jeremy Siegel, Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners), Iwan Barankay (Associate Management Professor, The Wharton School), Sarah Paoletti (Practice Professor, Penn Law), and Peter Cappelli (Professor of Management; Director of the Center for Human Resources; Author, The Wharton School) on the Monday, January 7, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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